Communicating with someone who has physical disabilities.
In the community
- Be seated where possible so a person using a wheelchair can communicate with you at eye level.
- Speak directly to the person even if they are accompanied by a carer.
- Avoid leaning on, rocking or touching a wheelchair without permission.
- At restaurants or cafes make a chair-free space at the table for the person using a wheelchair.
- Assistance may not be needed or wanted so always ask first.
In the workplace
- At meetings make a chair free space for the person using a wheelchair.
- Ensure common areas such as lunch rooms and kitchens are accessible and that items such as coffee machines, sandwich toasters and kettles are within reach.
- Ensure workplace equipment like photocopiers, scanners and filing cabinets are accessible.
- Ensure corridors and hallways are clear of obstacles.